Foolproof Ways to Include Your Dog in your Big Day


It’s no surprise many of you choose to bring along your pups to your weddings and engagement session, and we are stoked for it! If you’re wondering how to make sure it goes smoothly, here are some tips on how to include your dog in your big day!


dogs at engagement session


If there’s anything consistent about couples who love Colorado it’s that they also love their dogs. We get it! Hiking and fly fishing and trail riding and beer drinking are all more fun when Buddy boy gets to join! It’s no surprise so many of you also want your pet there for your engagement session and wedding, too! We have some tips and ideas to on how to include your dog in your big day. Help make the most of your scheduled session time and ensure your doggo thrives and you get the images and video you’re dreamin’ of. Here are our top 5!

Bring along a friend to help!

We don’t recommend a crowd for your session – we want you to feel comfortable in front of the camera! However, it is a huge added benefit to bring another person along to help entertain your pup during the shots they aren’t in! If you have your dog there for a full wedding day, make sure you have a dedicated person ready. They can help with treats, fresh water, and come with a willing attitude to do what they need to to help your pets be comfortable – even if that means taking them for a walk or back to the house to rest.

include your dog in your big day

Don’t forget the treats & toys!

Your photographer will thank you. As funny as I may think I am, your dog doesn’t care. Put some treats or his favorite toy in my hand and we’ll be golden. There’s nothing cuter than some super cute perky eared shots of Buddy boy looking at the camera.

include your dog in your big day

Include something special for your pet.

A flower collar (CUTE!), fun bandana, or a little plaid sweater is the perfect added pop! Extras such as this will aesthetically tie the full look of your session together.

Be realistic.

We’re here to have fun! So what if your doggo doesn’t want to sit and pose for the “perfect” photo? So what if she’s way more interested in that squirrel or rock over there? We’ll roll with it and it’ll be great no matter what!

Keep your vendors in the loop!

When you’re planning your engagement session or wedding, let your vendors know if you plan to bring along your dog(s)! Your photographer will want to be prepared with ideas for some great shots! Not only that, but there are some trails and open spaces that do not allow pets (including Rocky Mountain National Park!) – darnit. A surprise pup could really put a damper on your day if we had planned to go somewhere they aren’t allowed. What a bummer!

how to include your dog in your big day

All in all, bringing your dog along to your wedding or engagement session can be SO fun! It’s only right to celebrate such a big time in your lives with your furry best bud, too!


Basecamp Visual is a Colorado based husband and wife photography and videography team run by us, David & Shanna McCann. We place the highest value on storytelling and preserving life’s beautifully fleeting moments, and take great pride in crafting heirloom style galleries and films. We are enthusiastically booking new weddings and elopements and would LOVE to join you for your big day – get in touch to learn more and get your date locked down!

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It’s Going to Snow on Your Elopement Day! NOW WHAT?!


When you’re getting married in Colorado, you’re really only safe from the snow in July & August. The rest of the year is fair game – just as this gorgeous elopement proved. So, how the heck do you plan for snow on your elopement day?


snow on your elopement day

When you want snow on your elopement day, you’ve got a way better likelihood of getting it around here (we are above 10,000 ft after all), than not. We rescheduled Christina & Cullen’s winter elopement session twice. When we rescheduled to spring, we weren’t sure we’d still get the snow we all wanted. Odds were good, but you just can never know for sure. Colorado CAME THROUGH with the win, though, and it was incredible.

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It gets you thinking – how the heck do you plan for snow on your elopement day? What do you wear? Your hair! Your fingers! How about if you’re from Texas (just as an example!) and scared of the cold? We’ve got some tips! Here’s what these two wore:

tall, warm socks

mittens/gloves + hand warmers

winter boots

scarves

warm layers + a cute jacket

leggings

hat, headband, or earmuffs

snow shoes! (we definitely needed these! Without them there were spots we sunk in to our thighs!)

The snow dumped and we were drenched at the end of our time together (literally soaking wet!) – but Christina + Cullen stayed warm, which allowed them to have the best time. Warm bodies = happy hearts.♥️


Crafting heirloom films + photos for the wild at heart, Basecamp Visual is a Breckenridge, Colorado based videography and photography company run by husband and wife duo, Dave & Shanna McCann. Are you on the hunt for a creative storytelling team for your upcoming 2021 or 2022 Colorado winter wedding or elopement? Let’s talk about it! Contact us today to learn more.

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Hella Fun Colorado Mountain Engagement


Kelly + Christian BROUGHT IT to their Colorado mountain engagement session – joy, laughter, and a “why the eff not” attitude. It was SO MUCH FUN.


Colorado mountain engagement session

We had FUN at Kelly + Christian’s engagement session. If it weren’t for a poor SEO rating, I’d simply leave it at that and let their photos do the talking. Haha. These two are seriously the real deal. They love with ease and without abandon. They’re playful and comfortable with each other and you can just tell – they just really love to laugh and be together.

My time spent with them got me thinking. What are the pieces of the hella fun engagement session puzzle? How can I help all my couples feel as stoked and have as much fun as these two did? So, here’s my advice as you’re planning your Colorado mountain engagement session:

Take a deep breath.

However hesitant you might feel about being in front of the camera, just remember to breathe. I encourage our couples to just think of your engagement session as a really fun date. I’m just there, too – with my camera telling ya horrible jokes.

Wear what you’re comfortable in.

Just be you! If you’re not fancy people, don’t wear fancy clothes. I have a few small “rules” – like no logo shirts and keep the conflicting patterns to a minimum – but honestly, just do you. You’ll feel your best in front of the camera if you feel like yourself! Don’t worry so much about what “looks good together”; you’ll look your very best if you feel it, too.

Play!

I try to start every session with a quick outline how it’ll go. My #1 note? Just BE together. Play, laugh! Dance, twirl, tickle, relax. Get close – and then squish even closer. Don’t be shy – this is the person you LOVE, after all!

If all else fails, have a drink. 😉

Okay, disclaimer: If you don’t drink, that’s AMAZING and literally there will not be a second thought had. But, if ya do, and you wanna bring along a bottle of champagne or your fave beers or heck, you wanna meet up for your favorite cocktail before your session, that’s fine by us! It can help.

Give these two a big round of applause! Here are Kelly + Christian.


Crafting heirloom films + photos for the wild at heart, Basecamp Visual is a Breckenridge, Colorado based videography and photography company run by husband and wife duo, Dave & Shanna McCann. Are you on the hunt for a creative storytelling team for your upcoming 2021 or 2022 Colorado wedding or elopement? Let’s talk about it! Contact us today to learn more.

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How to Have a Classy Mountain Wedding


Holly + Ryan brought style and loads of joy to Breckenridge for their gorgeous October wedding day at a local Airbnb.


intimate October wedding in Breckenridge

What do you think of when you think of a wedding in Colorado? Let me guess – mountains, duh. But, maybe you also think that a mountain wedding has to be adventurous or maybe a little rustic. If that’s not your vibe – or maybe ya huff and puff just lugging the laundry up the stairs in this altitude (it’s me), you’re totally in luck. Mountain weddings can be chock-full of serious style, too. We’re here to show ya how to have a classy mountain wedding in Breckenridge.

Holly + Ryan and their friends + family were dressed to the nines for their big day in Breckenridge, CO last fall. Black tuxes, a gorgeous cathedral veil & fitted satin gown. It. Was. Fancy. And we loved every single second of it.

Nearing the end of a wild 15 weeks straight of multiple weddings every week, these two filled up our emptying cups and literally just made us wanna dance. It was such a great day.

I dare you not to smile watching this gorgeous Colorado wedding video…

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I’m certain their happy wedding film speaks for itself, but if you’re still in need of some ideas how to have a classy mountain wedding, here ya go.

  • Wear the tux!
  • If you’re hiking for your day, be mindful of footwear (wear boots or tennis shoes for the hike & pack along your heels to switch into once ya get there!), but if not, bust out those Jimmy Choos if you so choose.
  • Cathedral length veils are never not a good idea and they immediately dress the day up.
  • Updos are both classy AND practical if it’s a breezy day.
  • Pearls. Or Gramma’s favorite diamonds. Just because you’re in the mountains doesn’t mean you can’t look glam!

Give a look for more ideas. There are many favorites in their gallery!


Florals: Petal & Bean
HMU: Divine Beauty Artists
Cermony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Local Airbnb in Breckenridge


Crafting really beautiful films + photos for the wild at heart, Basecamp Visual is a Breckenridge, Colorado based videography and photography team run by us, a husband and wife duo, Dave & Shanna. Are you on the hunt for a creative storytelling team for your upcoming Colorado (or other amazing places) intimate mountain wedding or elopement? Interested in a session just because? Let’s talk about it! Contact us today to learn more.

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Moab Engagement Session With A Red Dress To Die For!


With the red dress OF THE YEAR and after countless reschedules and new plans, Tiffany + Amos’ gorgeous Moab engagement session hit our hearts in all the right spots.


Moab engagement session

These two certainly aren’t strangers to changed plans – even before the-year-that-we-don’t-talk-about hit and forced them to reschedule their wedding, we were switching up plans for Tiff & Amos’ engagement session like it was THE thing to do. Our luck was comical, truly. Snowstorms, downed power lines, sick dogs, flooded Airbnbs… and on and on. Lots of “maybe we should do this/go here.” Until finally – FINALLY – we landed on a gloriously perfect Moab engagement session. Finally, we MADE. IT. HAPPEN.

After working through so many changes together on something so close to someone’s heart, you become quite close. Our day with Tiff & Amos was truly one of our favorites. Frolicking in the desert? Okay, sold. Super sketchy drive to get there? Not as sold, but it was definitely worth it. We danced and played with their doggies and Jeeped and GOSH was it great. We are SO excited to see these two again at the end of this month and freaking CELEBRATE!

That dress in all it’s desert goddess glory…

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Tiffany + Amos’ gorgeous Moab engagement session. And have I mentioned the red dress yet?


Crafting heirloom films + photos for the wild at heart, Basecamp Visual is a Breckenridge, Colorado based videography and photography company run by husband and wife duo, Dave & Shanna McCann. Are you on the hunt for a creative storytelling team for your upcoming 2021 or 2022 Colorado wedding or elopement? Let’s talk about it! Contact us today to learn more.

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